Root Canal Treatment
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood dental treatments is root canal therapy. Often associated with pain, root canal therapy actually relieves the pain associated with an infected tooth. Root canal therapy becomes necessary when decay or trauma causes inflammation in the pulp of the tooth, or near the root apex (tip). Root canals remove infected tissue and bacteria to promote healing and are often the only way to save a troubled tooth.
Occasionally, we may detect the need for root canal treatment on routine digital x-rays. Infection appears as a dark shadow on images. Most often, however, the first signs that a root canal is necessary is pain or toothache. Discomfort may begin as a nagging sensitivity to heat or pressure and can quickly progress into pain that makes it difficult to sleep or concentrate, which is why we recommend that you contact us at the first sign of a change to your oral health.
Common signs that you may need a root canal:
- Swelling of the jaw, gums, face or neck
- Pain, especially when chewing
- Throbbing pain and pressure
- A small fissure on the gums
- Sensitivity to heat
- Discolouration of the tooth
- A bad taste in the mouth
You may have one or multiple symptoms. Our team will provide guidance regarding the necessity of immediate treatment when you contact the surgery.
Your Dental Emergency Appointment
To determine if you need root canal treatment, our team will take digital x-rays of the affected teeth for Dr Paul Rollason to review. He may also perform simple vitality tests if the x-rays are not conclusive. Dr Rollason will then discuss his findings, and if root canal treatment is recommended, he will numb the tooth completely before getting started.
Your Root Canal Procedure
Once the anaesthetic takes effect, a small access point in the tooth will allow Dr Rollason to clean the tooth canals using precision rotary instruments. Unlike old-fashioned manual files, rotary instruments quickly and thoroughly remove diseased tissue and bacteria. Once the canals are polished, Dr Rollason will place medication and fill the canals before sealing the tooth with a temporary filling to prevent reinfection.
Patients report immediate relief following root canal treatment, although it is normal for some sensitivity to remain for several days to a week. You can take an anti-inflammatory medication approved by your doctor to eliminate discomfort.
Root Canal Aftercare
Because the nerve fibres and blood supply have been removed from the tooth, your root canal-treated tooth can become brittle. We usually recommend a dental crown to add stability and to protect the natural tooth from the force of chewing.
Contact Us to Learn More about Root Canals
Absolute Dental Care utilises the most modern endodontic instruments available for your health and comfort. If you live in the Taringa area and have tooth pain or an emergency, contact our surgery to book an appointment. We often provide same-day emergency dentistry.